He's known simply as the “Bandman,” and after more than 30  years of sharing his passion for music, he's more than earned the title that seems to suit him so well. Rex McCargar and his music have been on a lifelong journey encouraging kids to develop their talents and share them with others.


McCargar is someone who makes a difference. He is one of those teachers who expects his band members to give their best and rewards them with encouragement and takes every opportunity to share their accomplishments. Through his mentoring, he has built a successful band program for the school district, packing the gymnasium for concerts and rallying fans to their feet at football games when his students perform.


He's known simply as the “Bandman,” and after more than 30  years of sharing his passion for music, he's more than earned the title that seems to suit him so well. Rex McCargar and his music have been on a lifelong journey encouraging kids to develop their talents and share them with others.

McCargar is someone who makes a difference. He is one of those teachers who expects his band members to give their best and rewards them with encouragement and takes every opportunity to share their accomplishments.  Through his mentoring, he has built a successful band program for the school district, packing the gymnasium for concerts and rallying fans to their feet at football games when his students perform.

Every day during the school year long before the bell rings for first hour, McCargar can be  found wandering the hallways of Eldon High School. Keeping an eye on his students and offering not only advice about music but life in general. He has often said how lucky he was to be able to have his hobby as his job and his job as his hobby.

On a recent night, the district paid homage to McCargar during his last performance with the Eldon High School Mustang Band. He has touched a lot of lives over the years and it showed on that particular night when a section of the bleachers was filled with former band members who returned to share one last performance with their Band Man.

He will continue to teach band at the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade levels but has decided it is time to step down as the high school band director.

McCargar's graduating class presented him with a number of keepsakes for his dedication toe the high program, including 600 Tootsie Rolls and 10 gallons of "sweet tea" hauled into the gymnasium in a wheelbarrow.

McCarger said he hopes his students take something with them that will stay with them long after they leave Eldon High School and that is a lifetime enjoyment and appreciation for music.